Gilmore Girls

Today I am going to write about another one of my favourite TV series, Gilmore Girls. I have watched this show since I was around 12 years-old when I saw it on TV one day after school and ever since I have been hooked. I really hope you enjoy this review! Don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog, happy reading.

The pilot of Gilmore Girls aired back on 5th October, 2000 and was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino. The show is centred around a single mum named Lorelai and her daughter Rory, who are more like best friends rather than mother and daughter. Lorelai got pregnant with Rory when she was 16 years-old and her wealthy parents Richard and Emily were far from pleased with the news. Lorelai decided that she did not want Rory to grow up in the same circumstances as she did in the high society life. So they settled in a small town in Connecticut called Stars Hollow, filled with many different walks of life but a tight knit community. Lorelai a manager of a hotel and Rory being a grade A student, earns herself a place at a very expensive school called Chilton. To be able to send Rory to Chilton, Lorelai must re-establish her relationship with her parents in order to borrow money for Rory’s education. As a result, they negotiate the money but Lorelai and Rory must agree to Friday night dinners with her parents. The show follows them as they try to reconnect with their family, their relationships and their life experiences.

Here is the Netflix trailer to series 1-7:

Why you should watch Gilmore Girls

The show really is something that I have never seen before. The relationship that Lorelai and Rory have is so special and no other show has even come close to depicting the same relationship. But also the relationships that you see evolve through the series with Emily and Richard, Rory’s father Christopher, the multiple love interests, friendships they all just have something that you don’t see on other programs.

Another reason you should watch the show is because of the realism. Of course there are moments where you would be like, that would never happen but the friendships and relationships are very realistic and strikes a cord when watching the program. I in particular love the relationship between Lorelai and best friend Sookie, through all the heartaches, children, business and (SPOILER) Sookie moving away in the revival, they are always there for each other.

Rory can be seen to also have a similar friendships with Best friends Lane and Paris. Although Lane and Paris are polar opposite characters, they represent real life friendships in many ways. Lane who has been Rory’s best friend since childhood and Paris who she meets at Chilton they both help delevop Rory’s character. Lane is empathetic and understands Rory’s life, but Paris challenges Rory academically and encourages her through her life at Chilton and Yale.

Finally, the secondary characters in the show bring again something that I haven’t watched before in a series. They bring so much fun and quirkiness to the program, they make you feel like I lived in Stars Hollow too. Although there are so many secondary characters, they all manage to get their own arcs that run throughout the episodes which makes you feel like that you know everyone in the town.

Discussion

As I have said above, the main reasons I love the show is because it is nothing that I have ever seen before. The relationships feel so realistic at times and it just makes me feel happy and content when I watch it. Since following the series since I was 12, I have rewatched it multiple times and I can honestly say I could never get more of watching Gilmore Girls. So without further ado, let’s get into what I love and don’t love so much about Gilmore Girls.

One of my favourite things about the show is the theme tune. Not many shows get you hooked on a theme tune, but “Where You Lead” by Carole King is one of my favourite theme tunes of all time. The images from the series and the words just make you fall in love with Lorelai and Rory before even getting further into the episodes.

Here is the opening introduction:

Some of the things that I am yet to decide about is the Revival. To those who haven’t watched yet, the series originally ended in 2007 before Netflix released Gilmore Girls: A year in the Life in 2016. The show followed Lorelai and Rory 10 years later and where life has took them since. One thing that I thought lacked in the revival was the depth of the characters progressing since the finale of season 7. Rory and Emily are the only ones that have had changes in their lives, everyone else is in the exact same place as where we left off, except everything is more modern.

Although Rory’s life had taken her to London she was portrayed as a stuck up freelance journalist who was sleeping with her ex-boyfriend whilst she was already in a relationship. You can understand that the writers did want to show that she has not been on an easy journey and life’s not perfect. But i found it just made Rory’s storyline so unrelateable compared to the previous seasons and I really struggled to empathise with her throughout. I was also very upset to see how they portrayed Luke and Lorelai’s arc. To believe they had waited 10 years to get married is just craziness! If the original series had continued, they would have been married in a year or two. Instead the whole journey to marriage was really unemotive and again I really struggled to find the realism in the arcs of the characters.

Finally, as mentioned in reasons why you should watch the show, the secondary characters were a massive part in the series. However, when we reached the revival, they really had no storylines of any significance and you found yourself wanting more questions asked. You never really got to find out much about where life had took, Lane, Paris, Jess, Dean and Sookie other than a short line of a backstory. I just felt like there was not enough details in the reasons why I originally loved the show, and there was too much of useless storylines being explained. Although it did come full circle with the ending and has left many fans including myself wanting more, but of the original series content.

My Top 3 Favourite Moments:

  1. One of my favourite moments of the entire series is Luke and Lorelai’s first kiss in Season 4 episode 22. The moment had been building up since the pilot as the chemistry they have is undeniable. When they kissed it was a moment of relief and excitement to see where their journey together would take them.

2. In second place is Rory and Logan in season 5 episode 7 with you jump, I jump Jack. It was the first moment where I realised that Rory and Logan were meant to be (sorry to all of you Jess shippers). Logan sparks something inside Rory that neither Dean or Jess did and their relationships was one of my favourites.

3. Lastly, the finale episode of season 7. It really brought the story of Lorelai and Rory nearly full circle. It followed Rory getting the job she had been wishing for and Lorelai and Luke finally getting back together after seasons apart. The love that Lorelai and Luke have and their love towards Rory is just magical.

Conclusion:

Gilmore Girls really is a different genre of TV and has helped develop so many female driven stories that we now see on TV today. The show is funny, clever, heartwarming and never fails to put me in a better mood. Although, personally the Revival was a very different move to the original series it did help get a glimpse of where the character are now 10 years-later and with the cliffhanger at the end, has left opportunities for the show to be revived once more.

Thank you all for reading, I really hope you enjoyed. If you have watched Gilmore Girls, what were your favourite moments? Don’t forget to comment and like the post. Thank you again and stay safe.